Ms. Rachel Gemo's Notes

Head of Parish School (PK-12) 


In This Week's Notes For Your Reference

  • Teacher Committees for 2018-19 School Year

  • Faculty and Staff FACEBOOK (link) (updated doc is coming soon)

  • Faculty and Staff Lounge Cleaning Assignments

  • UPLOAD PHOTOS HERE (use this link)

  • Important Dates Coming Up for all to Know (updated for the week)

  • Add this Picture to Your Email Signature (new)

  • Preliminary Schedule for Monday, Jan 7th PD Day (new)

  • Important Notes about Sign Up Genius & Progress Reports  (new)

  • Congratulations to Colleen Fahrenbach, Secondary School Counselor, on Being Selected at November Employee of the Month

  • Time to Nominate the December Employee of the Month - There are many faculty members definitely deserving. Make a colleague’s day by nominating him or her. The deadline is Thursday, December 20th.

  • Sign Up for Labyrinth Prayer Experience

  • Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Looking for Part Time Instructors for Enrichment Courses

  • Resources Provided by Ann Kulig and Kristi Enriquez regarded Anxiety Training this past Tuesday

  • Order Your Spirit Scarves now from HSA

  • NCEA April Conference Volunteers Needed - Do you want to lend a hand?


Important Dates Coming Up

  • December 17th - 21st - GYM CLOSED ALL WEEK FOR CONCERT SET UP/REHEARSALS

  • December 18th - CHRISTMAS SWEATER DAY for Faculty and Staff - you may wear JEANS and a FUN or Ugly Christmas Sweater

  • December 18th - 8th Grade Reconciliation

  • December 19th -9AM Preschool Christmas Concert in GYM

  • December 19th - Labyrinth Prayer in Ackerman

  • December 19th - 12th Grade Reconciliation

  • December 20th - All School Spirit Day for Faculty and Staff

  • December 20th - Labyrinth Prayer in Ackerman

  • December 20th - Employee of the Month - last day to nominate - see link below

  • December 20th - ES Christmas Concerts at night 5:30PM and 7PM

  • December 21st - 9:30AM All School Advent Mass/Christmas Mass - Staff and Students please dress up

  • December 21st - Advent Angel Reveal

  • SAVE THE DATE - PARISH AND SCHOOL EMPLOYEE CHRISTMAS PARTY - FRIDAY, JAN 11th from 4:30 to 6:30PM - We will have it at Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Bistro. Heavy Appetizers and one drink on the house. White Elephant AND UGLY Christmas Sweater Contest. Invitation coming soon. You will be asked to RSVP this week.


Add This Picture to Your Email Signature

Since we’ve updated the Logo, please feel free to put this on your email signature. Click on this photo and download to your desktop temporarily.

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To add to your email signature”

  • Go to your Outlook App, and choose “Settings” from the upper right hand corner.

  • Scroll down to the end and click “mail.” Then choose “layout” under mail options.

  • Aim the cursor/Ibeam where you’d like the pic to go on your signature. Click on the photo ICON and upload the picture from your computer.


Monday, Jan 7th Teacher Professional Development Day

8:15AM Arrival

8:30-9:30AM - One hour workshop on Depth of Knowledge - Meeting place TBD

9:30AM - 10AM - Directions for ASPIRE Interim II for teachers Grades 3-8 (might be done sooner)

10AM - 2:30PM - Planning time

Pizza and Salad Lunch to be served. Please dress comfortably.

*** Preliminary Conversation with 4th and 5th grade teachers about Flex Space - will reach out to see when you prefer to have it

*** Louie/Jazel may have laptops ready for distribution for grades 3, 5 and 6


Important Notes about Sign Up Genius & Progress Reports  

Jan 15th – @ 3:30 /4pm Sign Up Genius to go out to families of teachers requesting conferences  

Jan 16th – @ 3:15/3:30pm Sign Up Genius to go out to families not requesting conferences  

Jan 22nd -  Progress Reports Go Home 


Congratulations to Colleen Fahrenbach, Secondary School Counselor, on Being Selected at November Employee of the Month (new)

We had six NOMINATIONS for November and Colleen Fahrenbach was chosen. Her colleagues wrote: Colleen is helping our high school students succeed, as well as supporting the social/emotional needs of our middle school.  She pitches in where ever needed. She is a quiet, humble leader among our secondary school staff.

Here are the other nominees for November:

Peter White goes above and beyond to help his students. You will find Peter here bright and early each morning working with students, often from the goodness of his heart. He coaches numerous teams and spends time really getting to know the students. He has completed the 4th grade team and we are so lucky to have him here at St. Ben's!

Alan Foley is always working to help keep our campus up and running as smoothly as possible. He is positive, helpful, hard working, and is such an important part of the school and parish community!

Joe Accardi Annual School Fund promo, Alumni events, Italy Agora and more!  Joe Accardi make so much happen for our school. We are blessed to have him. 

Nancy Uczen has really pitched in to cover both absences for Cathy Nota and Dradyne E. Nancy steps in where ever needed and  does so with a smile. 

Kristen Hayes has done an excellent job handling the day to day issues in the preschool while Rachel Waldron is recovering.  Everyone knows that they can come to her with a problem and that she will follow through until it is resolved.  She has taken on this role seamlessly while maintaining her regular workload, and we are all grateful to her for her efforts.  


Time to Nominate the December Employee of the Month - There are many faculty members definitely deserving. Make a colleague’s day by nominating him or her. The deadline is Thursday, December 20th.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=4aP2WaCWNU-RnFx-jNLG4hJvQKNQwfJFg0t06BH8sx5UNjdRR0UwTE9USjkzRFNBTUdQNENCOURVWS4u


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Please schedule time with your students to take part of this special MEDITATIVE Prayer this Advent. Kim McMillan has scheduled for this Labyrinth to come to St. BEN’s. It will be in the Ackerman on December 19th and 20th. She will explain how to do the prayer to your students and then give the students time to complete. This fits in with the social emotional health discussion we had this past week, as well as our faith retreat back in November. What a great way to have your students meditate and reflect prayerfully during this Advent.

Please sign up only one homeroom at a time. This could be good for grades 2 and up. Thanks!

Click here to sign up


Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Looking for Part Time Instructors for Enrichment Courses (new)

Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) is currently hiring instructors for their 8-week winter weekend session. These 2.5-hour courses are designed for academically talents students, ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to grade 8. See the jobs webpage for details and to begin an application. Please also share this information with any educators in your network who may be interested.

Locations and Days:

  • Saturdays in Evanston, Chicago, Palatine, Naperville

  • Sundays in Evanston

  • January 19 – March 10

Pay

  • Instructors: $880 per half-day, 8-week course

Courses:

  • A variety of courses across subject areas are offered at each of our sites, but here are just a few that are taking place this winter:

    • Science Spies: Snooping for Answers (Age 4)

    • Business is Booming (PreK-K),

    • Electronics: Circuits & More (K-1)

    • Mathemagicians (Gr. 1-2)

    • Changes & Solutions: Chemistry in Action (Gr. 2-3)

    • Math, Music & Composition (Gr. 2-3)

    • Game Design & Construction (Gr. 3-4)

    • Biomimicry: Nature-Inspired Design & Engineering (Gr. 5-7)

    • Interactive Programming: Python & Robots (Gr. 6-8)

    • Microcontrollers in Action: Programming & Electronics (Gr. 6-8)

Please contact Kate Cichon at katherine.cichon@northwestern.edu with questions.


Resources Provided by Ann Kulig and Kristi Enriquez regarded Anxiety Training this past Tuesday (new)

CLICK HERE 


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THE SBPS Spirit Scarves - Available for purchase now - limited quantities!

The HSA's Spirit Shop will be open for business and selling scarves the day of the Christmas Craft Fair! Please see the attached flyer for details. We want to give SBPS Faculty and Staff the opportunity to purchase scarves in advance.  You can provide payment via Venmo. You can find us at: @StBens-HSA. We will also accept cash or checks in the HSA mailbox. If you would like to purchase a scarf/ves, please send an email to jennifer_g_ryan@yahoo.com, letting us know how many you would like and how you plan to pay. 

Happy Holidays! The HSA


NCEA April Conference Volunteers Needed - Do you want to lend a hand?

Thank you in advance to all of our schools for your help volunteering during the NCEA convention! This is a follow up to the special broadcast sent this morning. If you missed the email, you may read the letter here. Below is the link to a sign-up form to volunteer for the convention. We need over 600 volunteers total. We need and appreciate everyone’s help! We ask that all of our principals and teachers sign up for one slot. Volunteer slots are approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours in length.

NCEA Volunteer Form
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0848AEA82AA6F85-ncea3